505-horsepower competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63

Rumors about Alfa Romeo’s plans to revive the Giulia nameplate have been floating around since 2012, but it took the Italians until 2015 to actually reveal a modern incarnation of its iconic compact sedan. Developed as a rear-wheel-drive competitor for the 2016 BMW 3 Series and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the new Giulia also marks the brand’s return to its RWD roots. Making the news that much better is that Alfa Romeo kicked this revival off with a high-performance model aimed at the 2016 BMW M3 and 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63.

Meet the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the beefed-up sedan that’s been forged with just one purpose: to obliterate its German rivals.

This is indeed a great moment for Alfa Romeo, which has just launched its first RWD sedan since 1992, when the 75/Milano model was discontinued. From then on, Fiat took over and replaced it with the 155, 156, and the 159. The 159 was retired in 2011, putting an end to Alfa Romeo as a compact executive-car manufacturer. Come 2015 and the Italian brand finally has something to brag about.

Updated 12/12/2016: Alfa Romeo revealed prices for the most powerful version of its latest Giulia sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

  • 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    510
  • Torque @ RPM:
    442
  • Displacement:
    2.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    191 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    72000
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Exterior

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Before we take a deep dive into the Giulia’s design, I must stress that our rendering was way off what Alfa Romeo penned for this sedan. In fact, none of the renderings that surfaced the Interwebz got it right. It may be just a case of bad luck, but I have a feeling it has something to do with the fact that no one expected the Giulia, even though it’s the Quadrifoglio version I’m talking about here, to be this brutal. While it’s a savage design of the "love it or hate it" variety, that front end is definitely something you don’t want to see in your rear-view mirror.

Europe just got its very own Dodge Charger. It’s brutal and seemingly unpolished. It’s not beautiful in a contest-winning way, but it’s damn gorgeous for what it represents.

It’s brutal and seemingly unpolished. It’s not beautiful in a contest-winning way, but it’s damn gorgeous for what it represents.

The front fascia is unlike anything else seen on an Alfa Romeo (yeah, it’s not like it has many models in showrooms nowadays), with sleek headlamps extending toward the nose and a massive split intake down below. That thing is huge and looks like it’s eager to swallow all the Bimmers in its path. The traditional Alfa Romeo shield-shaped front grille is there as well, helping the aggressive hood and hose blend in with the nearly flat front end.

The styling is less radical around back, but equally aggressive. The taillights seem to be somewhat reminiscent of the 2006 Alfa 159, but everything else was designed with sportiness in mind. There’s a subtle spoiler atop the trunk lid, while the beefy bumper houses a massive diffuser with a menacing quad-pipe exhaust layout.

The sculpted profile is highlighted by gills behind the front fenders and a deep character line that goes all the way toward the beefy rear haunches. The creases at the bottom of the doors enhance the protruding side skirts. Finally, the Alfa Romeo-style wheels are here to remind us that the Italian brand is back in business. The big brake discs and calipers behind the rims also speak volumes of the sedan’s performance.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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The AMG C63 is the perfect compact if you want the performance, but not the brutal looks of the Quadrifoglio.

Around since 2014, the current BMW M3 (left) is already a classic. Although penned by a different designer, the F80 M3 is just an evolution of the previous model, featuring some of the same styling cues that were brought into the spotlight back in 2007. Needless to say, the sedan has an aggressive exterior with large bumper intakes and a sporty diffuser, but it’s nowhere near as brutal as the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Bimmer is set to get a facelift in 2017, but don’t expect anything major. If previous updates are any indication, the sedan will get revised headlamps and taillights, with almost everything else to carry over unchanged. Launched for the 2015 model year, the current AMG C63 (right) follows into the footsteps of the M3, as it is a beefed-up version of its road-going counterpart, which in this case is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Much like the M3, the C63 is no match for the Giulia Quadrifoglio as far as aggressiveness goes, but if you’re looking for a sedan that both powerful and stylish, it’s one of the best choices you have. Thanks to its S-Class-inspired design, carefully integrated aero parts, and clean but clever lines, the AMG C63 is the perfect compact if you want the performance, but not the brutal looks of the Quadrifoglio.

BMW M3 Mercedes-AMG C63 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Wheelbase (Inches) 110.7 111.8 111.0
Length (Inches) 184.6 187.2 182.6
Width (Inches) 73.9 72.4 73.7
Height (Inches) 56.1 56.1 56.1

Interior

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Not surprisingly, the Italians went with a simple and sporty design. Oriented toward the driver like in any full-fledged sports car, the dashboard features a large instrument cluster and an infotainment screen embedded above the center stack. The 8.8-inch display provides access to real-time vehicle performance and telemetry, 3D graphic navigation that recognizes hand-written gestures on the top of the rotary pad, as well as a wide range of useful apps. The second rotary dial controls Alfa’s DNA Pro system, which consist of four different driver selectable modes: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency or Race mode. These can be used to create a unique driving experience by adjusting the throttle response, turbo boost, suspension, and exhaust note.

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The 8.8-inch display provides access to real-time vehicle performance and telemetry.

The buttons and knobs are reduced to a minimum in an overall clean design, with two round A/C vents on each side. Interestingly enough, the Giulia doesn’t feature the wraparound-style dashboard seen on most modern vehicles. The Quadrifoglio also has plenty to brag about as far as premium features go. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and Alcantara, while the dashboard, armrest, and door panels feature contrast stitching. The sporty seats are also covered in leather and Alcantara, while the center console has a carbon-fiber case. Not bad for a performance sedan that just came out of nowhere!

In terms roominess, the Giulia is quite comfortable in the front and rear. There’s plenty of room up front for tall passengers, and in the rear there’s impressive legroom and adequate shoulder room. Head room isn’t bad either, but tall passengers might not feel that comfortable in the back seat.

THE COMPETITION

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While interior designs are also a matter of taste, I think that the M3 is the big loser here.

While interior designs are also a matter of taste, I think that the M3 is the big loser here, as most BMW’s current cabins are in dire need of a refresh. Sure, it’s not that dated and not that of a big mess when it comes to ergonomics, but it feels somewhat old and cluttered when compared to the competition. Still, highlights include intuitive control placement, a leather-wrapped dashboard, and an M-specific instrument cluster with green, yellow, and red engine warning lights and a full-color head-up display that projects all the information you need right in your line of sight. The seats are comfortable, yet provide enough support for spirited driving, while overall fit and finish is worthy of a premium German car. The same can be said about the Mercedes-AMG S63, but this sedan stands out thanks to its more impressive dashboard design. Based on the larger S-Class, the C-Class cabin includes a two-tier dashboard design with a sloping, wide center stack that houses three round A/C vents, almost all the controls, a "free-standing" display and even an analog clock. Interesting features include the Race timer function, which displays performance figures on the head-up display, an IWC analog clock, brushed aluminum pedals, and trim such as Linden wood, Silver fiberglass, and even carbon-fiber.

BMW M3 Mercedes-AMG C63 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Headroom (inches) 40.3 37.1 TBA
Legroom, front/rear (inches) 42.0/35.1 41.7 TBA
Shoulder room, front/rear (inches) 55.1/55.1 TBA TBA

Drivetrain

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This is where things get even more serious, and a department BMW and Mercedes should keep their eyes on. While the standard Giulia comes with a range of gasoline and diesel engines developed to offer an optimum blend of performance and fuel economy, the Quadrifoglio model received a wild 3.0-liter V-6 co-developed with Ferrari.

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The Quadrifoglio model received a wild 3.0-liter V-6 co-developed with Ferrari.

The U.S.-spec model will cross the pond with 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which makes it significantly more powerful than the 425-horsepower BMW M3 and the 503-horsepower Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is also the most powerful factory-built Alfa Romeo to date.

The Italians claim it can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, but there’s no word on whether this is achieved with the six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic. My guess is the number is for the automatic model also equipped with all-wheel drive. This is good news for U.S. customers, as the Giulia Q gets only the automatic in North America.

Performance, it’s a bit quicker than the M3 and C63, while being at least 200 pounds lighter than both. According to Alfa, the Giulia Quadrifoglio has a weight-to-power ratio "remarkably lower" than 3 kg per PS, which means the sedan tips the scales at less than 1,530 kg, or 3,373 pounds, (most likely with a manual transmission). Top speed is rated at an impressive 191 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6
Output 505 HP
Torque 443 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.8 seconds
Top Speed 191 mph

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

This is where there's an obvious gap between the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its competitors.

This is where there’s an obvious gap between the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its competitors. Equipped with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six, the M3 hits the tarmac with 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. While that’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s pretty far from the Giulia’s 505-horsepower and 443-pound-feet rating. The deficit is evident when it comes to 0-to-60 sprints too, as the Bimmer is a tenth-second slower at 3.9 clicks with the dual-clutch automatic. Granted, it’s not something that should matter if you’re using these cars are daily drivers, but Alfa Romeo can rightfully brag about having the quicker and more powerful sedan. Moving over to the Mercedes-AMG C63, output and performance depends on what model you go for. The base model, which uses a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, comes with 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The Merc is also less powerful, but much all AMGs out there, it benefits from more torque. However, it’s still slower to 60 mph, needing four seconds. For a proper alternative you need to pick the C63 S version, which comes with a more powerful variant of the V-8. This one is rated at 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Power is about the same, but the extra torque is a massive 73 pound-feet. On the flipside, the C63 S is also a tenth-second slower to 60 mph. But if you like the grunt of the V-8 instead of a six-cylinder, this slight difference shouldn’t matter. One more thing to note is that both the M3 and AMG C63 are limited to 155 mph, while the Giulia QUadrifoglio can speed up to 191 mph.

BMW M3 Mercedes-AMG C63 Mercedes-AMG C63S Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Engine 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo 2.9-Liter 24-Valve bi-turbo V-6
Horsepower 425 HP @ 5,500–7,300 RPM 469 HP @ 5,500 RPM 503 HP @ 5,500-6250 RPM 505 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 406 LB-FT @ 1,850–5,500 RPM 479 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 RPM 443 LB-FT @ 2,500-5,500 RPM
Transmission 6-speed manual/7-speed M Double Clutch 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT six-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 4.1/3.9 seconds manual/automatic 4.0 seconds 3.9 seconds 3.8 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph 155 mph 180 mph 191 mph
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 17/26/19 18/24 18/24 TBA
Curb weight 3,575 Lbs 3,829 Lbs 3,856 Lbs TBA

Chassis, Suspension and Brakes

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is packed with all the goodies we can expect from a modern performance sedan. It has a double-wishbone suspension at the front and a five-link system at the rear, while spring and damper rates are tuned to make the sedan as sporty as possible on both the road and the track. There’s also an active differential and torque vectoring, which work in conjunction with a perfect 50-50 weight distribution. The Italians also claim that the Giulia Quadrifoglio has "the most direct steering on the market." Standard stopping power comes from iron rotors clamped by four-pot Brembo calipers at all four corners. Optionally, Alfa Romeo offers carbon-ceramic rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers for the front axle.

THE COMPETITION

Needless to say, both BMW and Mercedes have plenty of experience as far as track-ready road cars go and know how to design a chassis for the perfect blend of performance and daily comfort. The M3 rides on a lightweight chassis that includes many aluminum parts, such as double-joint spring struts, control arms, wheel carriers, and axle subframes, while the play-free ball joints and rubber-bushing free, five-link rear suspension keep things tight. Keeping the C63 on its best behavior is AMG’s Ride Control sport suspension with three-stage adjustable damping. The independent suspension is built mostly of aluminum and features dynamic-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers, and AMG-specific elastokinematics. The system comprises a four-link suspension up front and a multi-link unit on the rear, which can be set between three different stages for either optimum long-distance comfort or maximum sporting performance. There’s also a rear locking differential, a three-stage ESP, and a precise, speed-sensitive sport steering. Of the three cars here, the Merc appears to have the most advanced suspension system.

Prices

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U.S. pricing for the Giulia Quadrifoglio starts from $72,000, which makes it the most expensive Alfa Romeo model available in North America as of December 2016. For reference, the 4C Coupe retails from $55,900, while the 4C Spider starts from $65,900. In the U.K., the beefed-up sedan fetches £59,000 before options, which accounts for a £30,000 premium over the base Giulia model. That’s a lot of extra cash, but the Quadrifoglio badge comes with significantly more features.

COMPETING PRICES

Moving over to the competition, you can buy a BMW M3 sedan for a lot less. Specifically, the German four-door costs $64,000 before options. The same goes for the Mercedes-AMG C63 too, which starts from $65,200. However, you should keep in mind that these cars come with 425 and 469 horsepower, respectively. If you want a German car with the a similar amount of oomph, your only choice is the AMG C63 S. This version of sedan cranks out an impressive 503 horses, but pricing goes up to $72,800, which puts it on par with the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

BMW M3 $64,000
Mercedes-AMG C63 $65,200
Meercedes-AMG C63 S $72,800
Cadillac ATS-V Sedan $60,695
Audi RS4 $60,000 (est.)
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio $72,000

Competitors

OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

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We were present at the 2014 LA Auto Show and so was the sexy and super-fast ATS-V Sedan. So we had ourtrusty photographer snap up a few shots.

If you’re looking for a performance sedan made in the good ole U.S. of A., then you need to take a closer look at the ATS-V. Based on the ATS, the company’s smallest car to date, the ATS-V has everything it takes to compete in this tough niche. It looks aggressive yet stylish, it has a premium interior, and a powerful drivetrain. Motivated by a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 with titanium connecting rods and titanium-aluminide turbines, the ATS-V Sedan has 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of twist on tap. Although it’s not as powerful as the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG C63 S, the ATS-V is among the quickest, needing 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph. Its top speed is also superior to that of its German counterparts, reaching 185 mph. The sedan also gets GM’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control with three driver-selectable driving modes, including a setting for the track. Priced from $60,695, the ATS-V is the most affordable proposition here.

Learn more about the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan here.

Audi RS4 Sedan

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The latest Audi A4 sedan has yet to receive an RS versions, but we know it’s underway for 2017. Also, unlike the previous model, the beefed-up sedan may finally find its way into North American dealerships. Styling-wise, it should be a more aggressive version of the latest A4, meaning it will sport the same angular cues highlighted by enhanced aero work, wider fenders, and bigger air vents. The interior will also be brand-new and include some of the finest materials on the market and Audi’s latest technology. Under the hood, the previous 4.2-liter V-8 will be dropped in favor of a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6. Output is still a mystery, but given that the outgoing model comes with 444 horsepower, the redesigned should could benefit from almost 500 horses. This figure, along with the lighter chassis and body, should make it as quick as the competition. Pricing-wise, the RS4 Sedan should sit somewhere in the upper $60,000 range.

Find out more about the Audi RS4 Sedan here.

Conclusion

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The 2014 Alfa 4C might have been the beginning of a beautiful revival of the Alfa Romeo brand, but it’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio that signals things are about to get a lot more serious. It’s been more than two decades since Alfa offered a RWD sedan, which makes the introduction of the Giulia somewhat of a historic moment for the Italian brand. This could also mean that FCA finally decided Alfa Romeo needs to operate on its own and sell products built on performance-oriented platforms rather than boring Fiat underpinnings.

Better late than never, right?

More importantly, the performance compact segment just got a new member, which raises the number of sedans worthy of our attention to five (including the M3, AMG C63, ATS-V, and Audi RS4). Also, the big guns of the niche might finally have a proper Italian vehicle to give them a run for their money.

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Updated History

Updated 11/20/2015: We added a set of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Updated 11/18/2015: The new Alfa Romeo Giula Quadrifoglio made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to the company, sales will begin in the second-quarter of 2016 with a starting price of around $70,000.

Updated 09/21/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Updated 09/15/2015: Alfa Romeo brought the new Giulia Quadrifoglio to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and officially confirmed that in Italy the model will be priced from 79,000 euro - about $89,000 at the current exchange rates. Sales will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company also confirmed that the new Giulia Quadrifoglio lapped Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 39 seconds.

Updated 08/27/2015: The peeps from Blog di Motori say that a Giulia Quadrifoglio prototype ran the Nurburgring in just 7:43 minutes. Obviously, nothing is official, but that time would make it much faster than the 2015 BMW M4 (7:52 minutes) and on par with thoroughbred sports cars like the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus (7:44 minutes) or the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 (7:42 minutes). Stay tuned on TopSpeed for more details.

Updated 08/21/2015: A camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Giulia Quadrifoglio was recently spotted doing rounds on the Nordschleife. As you can see and hear, the test driver wasn’t going easy on the model. Turn up your speakers for that Alfa (Ferrari?) V-6 sound!

Updated 07/09/2015: It’s true that Alfa Romeo already unveiled the new Giulia in its most powerful version - the Quadrifoglio Verde, but our spy photographers caught some prototypes testing at Nurburgring. Also, new rumors suggest the new Giulia Quadrifoglio can hit a top speed of 321 km/h (200 mph).

Updated 06/24/2015: Alfa Romeo dropped the first official details on the new Giulia - the company’s first RWD sports sedan after the 75/Milano was discontinued in 1992. It looks like the company decided to start the unveiling with the most powerful version in the lineup: the new Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde which will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine with 503 horsepower.

Updated 04/13/2015: While speculation is all we have on the Alfa Romeo Giulia so far, we decided to create a rendering of what we think the car will look like. We hope you like it.

Rendering

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Press Release

As the first of a new generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio embodies Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), delivering race-inspired performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment.

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“The all-new Giulia is not just a new car, but an entirely new benchmark that represents the next chapter in Alfa Romeo’s rich 105-year heritage,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA - North America. “With an all-new lightweight platform and class-leading power and handling, the all-new Giulia delivers on the pedigree of incredible technology, race-inspired performance and Italian design and style.”

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio is the ultra-high-performance model in the lineup and a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium sport sedan for driving enthusiasts that stands out in the segment.

Incorporating next-level technologies, the Giulia Quadrifoglio features a Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6 engine, Alfa Romeo’s most powerful production car engine ever, cylinder deactivation and carbon fiber active aero front splitter for improved handling at high speeds. Race-inspired performance is achieved courtesy of the Giulia’s extensive use of ultralight, high-strength materials, which include a carbon fiber driveshaft, hood, roof and more – all for a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and near perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution, resulting in a class-leading 0-60 miles per hour (mph) time of 3.8 seconds and a record-setting Nürburgring time. And similar to all great Alfa Romeo vehicles, the Giulia features stunning Italian design with impeccable proportions and attention to detail that enables a timeless Alfa Romeo style with world-class craftsmanship.

Following the launch of the all-new 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo will introduce the full-line of Giulia models that further take on the heart of the premium mid-size sedan segment. These Giulia models will include an all-new Alfa Romeo-designed all-aluminum four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection, fuel-saving and emission-reducing MultiAir2 technology, and twin-scroll turbo technology for maximum responsiveness. The result of this impressive technology is a class-leading 276 horsepower on the entry-level Giulia. In addition to rear-wheel drive, Giulia will also offer an advanced all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring for customers who require maximum traction and handling on all road surface conditions.

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Styled with passion: High-performance, functional and seductive Italian design
With its muscular proportions and a “pure” design ethos of passion, lightness and simplistic elegance “clothing” its class-leading technical layout with near perfect 50/50 weight balance, the all-new 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio exudes stunning and functional Italian style with a finesse of Alfa Romeo heritage, athletically taut lines and sculptural details.

Alfa Romeo designers styled the proportions of the all-new Giulia to have commanding presence and a menacing face determined to take on the world’s best roadways and road courses. A large signature “shield” grille is elegantly sculpted within the front fascia to form the signature “Trilobo,” a signature of Alfa Romeo design. Flanking the signature grille with the all-new Alfa Romeo logo are bi-xenon projector headlamps, which include an adaptive front-lighting system (AFS) to better adjust to the curvature of the road, while LED daytime running lights (DRL) provide a signature appearance. Below, a segment-exclusive active aero front splitter helps the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio achieve best-in-class aerodynamics (0.32 Cd) and actively manages downforce via a front carbon fiber splitter for optimal stability at any speed.

Alfa Romeo Giulia’s side profile proportion highlights the near perfect 50/50 weight balance and seductive Italian design. To “skin” the class-leading technical layout required for an all-new benchmark-level performance sedan, Alfa Romeo designers provided Giulia with extremely short overhangs, long hood and front fender proportions, plus a passenger compartment straddled between muscular rear fender forms to deliver a “settled” look over the drive wheels – stylistically marking the point where power is unleashed onto the road. Taut lines, including the elegantly sculpted character line along the bodysides, mark the doors and envelope the handles while naturally leading back to the legendary V-shaped nose. Rounded angles and enveloping pillars draw from Alfa Romeo’s rich design heritage and recall the “drop-shaped” profile reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Even from plan view, Alfa Romeo designers gave the Giulia an organic, “ellipsis” design appearance to add to the all-new sedan’s timeless character. Finishing off the Giulia’s athletic appearance are massive Brembo brake calipers with available staggered-fitting 19-inch Dark Gray five-hole design wheels that hark back to the brand’s stylistic heritage.

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Short overhangs and deck lid further emphasize the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s muscular rear fender forms and road-holding stance. Elegantly shaped tail lamp features are drawn horizontally to highlight the performance sedan’s width, while LED rear light clusters further highlight Giulia’s use of advanced technologies. Like the front, the rear of the Giulia Quadrifoglio also manages airflow with its integrated diffuser, which helps channel air and provides additional stability at high speeds and downforce in corners. Finishing off the rear is a sport, dual-mode exhaust system with quad tips that delivers a signature Alfa Romeo exhaust note.

Crafted around the driver
Built around the driver, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio designers focused on simplistic elegance, with a focus on incorporating the essential elements for performance. Inside, Giulia’s high level of craftsmanship starts with an asymmetric-styled instrument panel, featuring a driver-focused cockpit. Wrapped in ultra-premium leather and Alcantara, and highlighted by authentic carbon fiber, aluminum and accent stitching, the Alfa Romeo Giulia features a bespoke look that could only be crafted in Italy. A Formula-1 inspired steering wheel features a thick-rim profile that transmits the chassis’ direct-steering feel and neatly groups the vehicle controls and the red engine start button. Behind the steering wheel, the Giulia features a full-color 7-inch driver information display (DID) cluster straddled by two large white-on-black face analog gauges.

At the center of the interior, Alfa Romeo Giulia’s all-new 3-D Navigation offers an intuitive, yet sophisticated series of features, including a high-resolution 8.8-inch widescreen display with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3-D graphic navigation. A short-shift six-speed manual shifter elevates proudly in the center console, while the all-new and ergonomically located Alfa Rotary Pad offers a gesture recognition system, allowing the driver to interact with the 3-D Navigation system simply by moving fingers on the pad.

Highlighting Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell, Sparco racing seats are available and provide maximum lateral support during extreme cornering on the track. With even more aggressive bolstering than Giulia Quadrifoglio’s standard leather and Alcantara high-performance sport seats, these race-inspired performance seats are the lightest in the segment, yet provide comfort for long road trips.

State-of-the-art engines are the heart and soul of Alfa Romeo technology and performance
A Ferrari-derived bi-turbo engine delivers best-in-class 505 horsepower, making it the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds.

With Enzo Ferrari’s racing history that dates back with Alfa Romeo to the 1920s, it’s no surprise that the all-new Giulia Quadrifoglio harks back to its pedigree of Ferrari engineering excellence, with a Ferrari-derived bi-turbo V-6 as the “beating heart” bringing this artisan-designed vehicle to life and further represents a return to the “Great Alfa Romeos.”

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio utilizes an all-aluminum 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine with 90-degree layout that is lightweight and compact, all for a lower position in the chassis and low center of gravity.

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To deliver a best-in-class 505 horsepower and a flat torque curve with 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque between 2,500-5,000 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features a bi-turbo design with 35 psi peak boost. In addition, the engine’s turbochargers are integrated into the exhaust manifold and feature a low-inertia, single-scroll turbo design with variable-boost management for ultra-responsive throttle reaction. A direct injection system maximizes fuel combustion for improved engine output and efficiency. Combined, these technologies – along with an enthusiast-desired short-shifting six-speed manual transmission – enable real-world performance numbers that include: 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, 191 mph top speed and a 7:39 Nürburgring lap time.

Ensuring that this high-performance engine delivers world-class levels of efficiency, a cylinder deactivation system enables the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to run on three of its six cylinders. Furthermore, an innovative engine start/stop (ESS) system stops fuel flow and shuts the powertrain down when the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is at a full stop – reducing fuel consumption and emissions. When the brake pedal is released, the high-performance bi-turbo engine automatically restarts thanks to the ESS system’s high-speed, high-durability starter, which reduces crank time, culminating in quick restarts. Last, the engine features a variable-pressure oil pump to reduce operational energy draw.

All-new Alfa Romeo-specific turbocharged four-cylinder engine and available all-wheel drive
Also arriving next summer, an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection all-aluminum turbo engine, designed specifically for Alfa Romeo, will deliver a class-leading 276 horsepower and world-class levels of performance, efficiency and refinement on other Giulia models. This innovative engine will also feature a MultiAir2 system that simultaneously controls both intake valve opening and closing events to more effectively manage combustion quality. This electro-hydraulic fully variable-valve lift technology ensures the appropriate and effective compression ratio, plus efficient internal exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for improved fuel economy.

All-wheel drive will also join the four-cylinder turbocharged Alfa Romeo Giulia lineup in 2016, providing maximum traction on any road surface.

Best-in-class power-to-weight ratio thanks to an all-new architecture with extensive use of lightweight materials
Lead by two senior engineers from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials to achieve a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of nearly 7 lbs./hp, and delivers near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.

As the first of the Alfa Romeo product renaissance to feature the all-new “Giorgio” architecture, Alfa Romeo engineers designed a lightweight rear-wheel-drive platform with a low center of gravity – all to deliver the high-performance and precision expected from an Alfa Romeo.

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Helping to deliver Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s class-leading power-to-weight ratio, the sedan features a carbon fiber hood, roof, drive shaft, active aero front splitter and rear spoiler. Aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors and fenders also help shed weight compared to conventional steel. In addition, a composite rear-cross member is made from aluminum and composite, while available carbon-ceramic brake rotors reduce weight by 50 percent compared to traditional cast iron rotors.

An Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone front suspension with semi-virtual steering axis guarantees rapid and accurate steering feel. With the most direct steering in the segment, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always perfect footprint. At the rear, an Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod ensures top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort. An innovative active damping suspension adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA Pro selector with four drive modes.

Staggered fitting 245/35ZR19 (front) and 285/30ZR19 (rear) Pirelli P Zero Corsa three-season high-performance tires wrap lightweight 19 x 8.5-inch and 19 x 10-inch forged alloy wheels, respectively.

Thanks to the available ultra-high-performance carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system from Italian braking leader Brembo, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio delivers 60-0 mph stopping performance in 102 feet. At the front, this track-proven Brembo brake system features six-piston aluminum monoblock brake calipers with 15.4-inch (390 mm) CCM brake rotors. Similarly, the rear axle features four-piston calipers with 14.2-inch (360 mm) CCM rotors and calipers for the electric park brake. Both front and rear rotors feature a two-piece design and deliver a 50-percent weight reduction compared to cast iron discs, helping to reduce unsprung mass to further improve handling.

A Brembo high-performance brake system with large vented iron discs, plus four-piston front and rear aluminum monoblock calipers are standard.

Next-level, state-of-the-art technologies add to the driving experience to make the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio even more exhilarating
A primary objective of the Alfa Romeo engineering team was to integrate world-first and next-level vehicle technological solutions that would only amplify the all-new Giulia Quadrifoglio’s exhilarating driving experience.

Chassis Domain Control
The “brain” of Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s benchmark level dynamics can be attributed to its innovative Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s active systems (stability control, torque vectoring, adaptive damping suspension and active aero front splitter), using predictive type dynamic models to deliver balanced, safe and natural driving, thus optimizing performance and drivability.

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Integrated Braking System
The world’s first integrated braking system debuts on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) unit and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.

Torque Vectoring
Torque Vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to increase the limits imposed by the tires during lateral acceleration. By using a twin-clutch rear differential, the Giulia Quadrifoglio optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.

Active Aero Front Splitter
A segment-exclusive active aero front splitter instantaneously adjusts the carbon fiber front lip spoiler for optimal aerodynamics, downforce and stability at any speed. In addition to helping the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio achieve a best-in-class 0.32 Cd, the dynamic front splitter with its two electric actuators can generate up to 220 pounds of downforce.

Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selector
Innovative Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selector modifies the dynamic behavior of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, according to the driver’s selection:

Dynamic: delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations
Natural: comfort setting for balanced daily driving
Advanced Efficiency: enables cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption
Race: this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations

Safety and security
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages state-of-the-art driver-assist features. The latest Alfa Romeo sedan offers safety and security features that include:

Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus: provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent
Adaptive Cruise Control – Plus with Full Stop: helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Giulia to a full stop without driver intervention
Lane Departure Warning: alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assists with corrective action

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For a 360-degree perspective, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are standard on Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

In addition, the Alfa Romeo Giulia features advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags; driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags (pelvic-thorax); front and rear side curtain air bags; and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags.

A vivid array of colors, materials and design details
Adding to the excitement of owning an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio are the personalization options that each enthusiast can select.

Up to seven exterior colors are available and include: Rosso Alfa (Red), Vulcano Black Metallic, Silverstone Gray Metallic, Montecarlo Blue Metallic, Vesuvio Gray Metallic, Trofeo White Tri-Coat, and Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat (Red).

An array of five premium leather and Alcantara interior combinations are available on Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. First, an all-Black interior with a choice of Black, White and Green or Red accent stitching. A two-tone Black with Red interior with Red accent stitching further highlights the brand’s Italian design. For a bespoke look, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio also offers a two-tone Black with Ice interior combination with signature Green and White Quadrifoglio accent stitching that pulls from Alfa Romeo’s historic and high-performance logo.

Four wheel designs are available for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, including staggered fitting 19 x 8.5-inch (front) and 19 x 10-inch (rear) lightweight forged aluminum “Technico” wheels in Bright Silver, or optional Dark Gray. In addition, Alfa Romeo’s signature five-hole design alloy wheels in Bright Silver or Dark Gray are also available.

Quadrifoglio: Superstition becomes super performance
The history of the Quadrifoglio dates back to the 1923 Targa Florio, one of the oldest and most famous racing events of all time – a dangerous and thrilling open road endurance race held in the Mountains of Sicily.

Leading up to the 1923 racing season, Ugo Sivocci – an incredibly superstitious driver – was a perennial second-place finisher, more often than not behind one of his Alfa teammates. So going into the Targa Florio race, and in an effort to banish his bad luck, the superstitious Sivocci decided to paint a four-leaf clover on the side of his 1923 Targa Florio RL. Sure enough, in his first race with the green four-leaf clover, or Quadrifoglio, on his car Sivocci won.

However, a few weeks after the Targa Florio victory, Sivocci was testing a new Alfa car at the legendary Monza race track. There had been no time to paint Ugo’s good luck symbol on the car and tragically he crashed and lost his life – and a legend was born.

The four leaf clover on Sivocci’s car was encased in a square box, while all future clovers were encased in a triangle, with the missing point symbolizing the loss of Ugo Sivocci.

From that day forward, the four-leaf clover became the symbol of all Alfa Romeo race cars and later the mark of Alfa’s high performance street vehicles.

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